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Archaeobotanical studies tend to concentrate on the evidence for specialised agricultural food production, with less attention directed towards the use of plant foods within hunter-gatherer contexts. Here, the authors present evidence for the exploitation of Canarium nuts from four late hunter-gatherer sites in southern China. Canarium nuts contributed to the inhabitants’ diets from as early as 9000 cal BP. They also identify new uses of Canarium, c. 4500–4400 cal BP, as ritual offerings in the context of the introduction of rice and millet farming. The results are examined in the context of Canarium use across the wider Asia-Pacific region.
This study aimed to classify the pre-auricular sinus before performing radical dissection, so as to achieve optimal aesthetic results.
The recent five-year clinical data of 53 patients with a congenital pre-auricular sinus and infection treated in the hospital were reviewed. According to the sinus course, pre-auricular and post-auricular types were defined, and regional dissection was performed using the modified supra-auricular or post-auricular approach.
All patients achieved primary intention healing of the incision, and were followed up for six months to five years. No recurrence was found, and the incision scar was completely concealed.
Surgical approaches for regional dissection might be adopted based on the different types of pre-auricular sinuses, and further radical dissection might be performed to achieve optimal aesthetic results.
We performed systematic review on 40 paired hospital and nursing home charts from a clinical trial to evaluate the fidelity of transitions of care among those discharged on antibiotics. We found that 30% of transitions included an inappropriate change to the patient’s antibiotic plan of care.
In this paper, a novel single-cavity triangular substrate-integrated waveguide (TSIW) dual-band filter loading a complementary triangular split ring resonator (CTSRR) is proposed, which has three transmission zeros (TZs) in the stopband in total. The dual-band response is achieved by the CTSRR and the degenerate modes of the TSIW cavity. In order to control the TZs, we propose two adjustment techniques, shift feeding technique and adding via perturbation. In addition, the CTSRR etched on the surface can produce a new TZ in the upper first-passband. Finally, a dual-band filter with three TZs is simulated, fabricated, and measured. There is a good agreement between the simulated results and measured ones.
In order to understand the transport of fast electrons within solid density targets driven by an optical high power laser, we have numerically investigated the dynamics and structure of strong self-generated magnetic fields in such experiments. Here we present a systematic study of the bulk magnetic field generation due to the ponderomotive current, Weibel-like instability and resistivity gradient between two solid layers. Using particle-in-cell simulations, we observe the effect of varying the laser and target parameters, including laser intensity, focal size, incident angle, preplasma scale length, target thickness and material and experimental geometry. The simulation results suggest that the strongest magnetic field is generated with laser incident angles and preplasma scale lengths that maximize laser absorption efficiency. The recent commissioning of experimental platforms equipped with both optical high power laser and X-ray free electron laser (XFEL), such as European XFEL-HED, LCLS-MEC and SACLA beamlines, provides unprecedented opportunities to probe the self-generated bulk magnetic field by X-ray polarimetry via Faraday rotation with simultaneous high spatial and temporal resolution. We expect that this systematic numerical investigation will pave the way to design and optimize near future experimental setups to probe the magnetic fields in such experimental platforms.
Grazing-incidence X-ray analysis techniques which are commonly used for the nondestructive characterization of surfaces and thin films are reviewed. The X-ray reflectivity technicue is used to study surface uniformity and oxidation, layer thickness and density, interface roughness and diffusion, etc. The grazing-incidence in-plane diffraction technique is used to determine in-plane crystallography of epitaxial films. The grazing-incidence asymmetric-Bragg diffraction is used for surface phase identification and structural depth profiling determination of polycrystalline films. Typical examples to illustrate the types of information that can be obtained by the techniques are presented.
The operation of a new polycrystalline phase identification method using the IBM Series/1 minicomputer is described. Data of the unknown can be entered by automatic transfer of previous runs, stored data sets and manually. Full screen menu selections are provided to facilitate operations and correct entries. Typical S/M time for a multi-phase inorganic mixture containing 43 reflections using a 0.3° window averaged 11 sec per 100 standards and with simple chemical prescreening less than 4 sec including program initialization and calculations of comprehensive figures of merit. Interactive options provide graphics terminal comparison of the unknown pattern with selected standards which appear as diffractometer patterns, subtraction of identified standards from the unknown and others. Utility programs permit storing data sets for later analysis, user created files and a program to display any file standard as a diffractometer pattern.
A method for computer simulation of X-ray powder diffraction patterns which are identical to those obtained experimentally is described. The calculated pattern is generated directly from the d's (or 2θs) and intensities of the phase(s) and is based on a profile fitting algorithm which uses the instrument function to form the profile shapes at all reflection angles. Examples of simulated patterns of mixtures, line broadening, linear and amorphous backgrounds, and counting noise are given.
Results on least-squares refinement of X-ray reflectivity data obtained with a conventional powder diffractometer are reported. A model containing an oxygen contaminated surface on Pt was used to refine experimental data for a “500-Å” Pt film on Si. Values of layer thickness, density, and roughness determined by least-squares refinement agree with those obtained from highresolution reflectivity data. The results were found to be insensitive to the film-surface alignment. An agreement of ±2.3 Å for Pt thickness, 8% for density, and 2.5 Å for roughness was obtained when the surface was aligned to within the divergence of the incident X-ray beam. The least-squares refinement method was also used to analyze two sputtered “300-Å” Pt films deposited at 4 and 20 × 10-6 Torr Ar pressure. Results showed a significant increase in Pt thickness and a decrease in density for the 20 × 10-6 film probably caused by a large amount of Ar trapped in the film.
X-ray polycrystalline diffraction was used to track progress toward improving the structural properties of SrS:(Eu,Sm) thin films. These thin films are used as the active layer of the ETOM (Electron Trapping Optical Memory) media. In this study conventional x-ray diffraction and x-ray reflectivity were used to evaluate the effect of two deposition parameters on film structures. Line broadening analysis performed using the Warren-Averbach technique showed the beneficial effects of a hydrogen sulfide reactive atmosphere and the RF magnetron sputtering technique on crystallite size and microstrain. A factor of five improvement in crystallite size and a factor of two reduction in microstrain was observed. Film thickness, density, and interfacial and surface roughnesses were determined for two SrS thin films. The sin2Ψ technique was used to determine the in-plane biaxial stress for two films prepared by different deposition techniques. These films exhibit inhomogeneous stress states with an average stress of less than IMPa.
This paper outlines the use of an IBM Series/1 small computer for instrument automation and data reduction for X-ray polycrystalline diffractometry and wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The profile fitting method is used to determine 2θ, d and relative peak and integrated intensities in diffraction, and the fundamental parameters method (LAMA program) is used for quantitative analysis of bulk and thin film samples. The methods are precise and rapid.
The integrated and peak intensities of a series of silicon powder samples of various crystallite sizes were measured with a computer automated diffractometer and a profile fitting method (PFM). The accuracy of the PFM was better than 0.003% in computing the integrated intensities. The PFM gave more precise values than would be expected from counting statistics of the peak intensity. The average difference between each measurement and the average intensity was 0.5% with little dependence oo the absolute intensity. Crystallite sizes have a large effect and it is essential to rotate the specimen around the diffraction vector. The best results were obtained with <10 μm particles. Larger sizes decrease the absolute intensities and change the relative intensities. Structure refinement using the POWLS (powder least squares refinement) program showed the presence of (111) preferred orientation even in the <10 μm specimens. R(Bragg) decreased from 4.3% to 0.7% by including the preferred orientation correction in the refinement.
A tcchniquc for high-precision measurement of carbon thin-film thickness using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is described. A quadratic calibration procedure is used for carbon thin films on silicon. Measurement of carbon-film thickness in a double-layer structure of carbon and CoCrX alloy is complicated by interference effects from the underlying layer. The dependence of the relative precision in measuring thickness (σT/T) on the counting time has been derived. It shows that a precision of 2% for a 25-nm carbon coating can be obtained using a W/C crystal and counting time of 4 minutes. Intensity and resolution advantages provided by the recently developed Ni/C and V/C multilayer synthetic crystals are also described.
A vertical scanning single crystal diffractometer with graphite monochromator and narrow divergent beam controlled by an IBM Series/1 computer was used to study crystal damage in the ion-implanted garnet films including strain effects induced by multi-implantation processes as a function of the types of ions, their energies and doses, growth and annealing temperatures.
This paper presents a comprehensive study of various applications of x-ray fluorescence and diffraction techniques for the characterization of thin films. With the proper use of x-ray instruments and techniques, a fairly complete understanding of the chemical and physical structure of thin films was obtained. The x-ray fluorescence (XRF) method was used for the determination of composition, mass-thickness, and density. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) method was used for structural characterization, including: local atomic arrangements of amorphous materials; phase identification, preferred orientation, crystallite size, stacking faults, microstrain, the annealing behaviors of polycrystalline films; and lattice mismatch between the epitaxial film and its single-crystal substrate.
In order to obtain a clear picture of the capabilities of the x-ray method and the properties of thin films, a series of carefully selected specimens representing a wide range of compositions and thicknesses was used. A number of practical x-ray techniques, which are valuable for this type of analysis, are also introduced.
The analysis of mixtures of phases which produce complicated composite x-ray powder patterns is greatly facilitated by use of our profile fitting method and the technique of applying it is illustrated with a five-compound mixture. Profile fitting gave higher precision in the determination of the reflection angles and Intensities and resolved overlaps in a much shorter time than with other methods. If the reference standards are obtained with the same precision, a smaller error window width can b e used in the search/match procedure.
The structural characterization of thin films is important for research development and manufacturing of electronic, magnetic, optical, and other high-tech materials. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction technique has bean used successfully for the determination of crystalline phases, structural-depth profiles, crystallite size, and strain, etc. of thin films with thickness's down to a few tens of Å, If the crystal structure, e.g. the distribution of atoms in the unit cell, or the crystallinity and texture (or preferred orientation) of a film is of interest, the conventional Bragg-Brentano diffractometer technique with the θ-2θ scanning geometry has been found to be appropriate.
A precise and practical method for the determination of d-values and lattice parameters from digital diffraction data is described. Systematic errors are corrected mathematically during a d-spacing / lattice-parameter least-Squares refincment process making it unnecessary to use internal standards. X-ray and synchrotron diffraction data of an ICDD alumina plate obtained with a wide variety of experimental conditions and analysis parameters were used to study the precision in the derivation of d-values and the accuracy in the determination of lattice parameters. Results showed that the precision in determining d-values was high with |Δd/d|avg ranging from 2x105 to 4x10-5. Using the results obtained from the high precision XRD analysis as a reference standard, the accuracy in the lattice parameter determinations from the synchrotron diffraction data reached the l-2x10-6] range. Lattice parameters, with an accuracy in the high 10-5 range, were also obtained using parameters commonly used in a routine XRD analysis such as a wide RS (0.11°) for high intensity, peaks only in the front reflection region, no Kα2 stripping, and a Single 2θo parameter for systematic error corrections.